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Augment infra, diagnostic facilities in health institutions: Secy Fin to officers




Jammu, Dec 06: As a part of on-going pre-budget exercise, Principal Secretary Finance, Navin K Choudhary Thursday chaired two separate meetings to discuss the budget proposals of the Departments of Health & Medical Education, SKIMS, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs including Elections for the financial year 2019-20.

Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo, Chief Electoral Officer, Shaleen Kabra, Secretary Law & Parliamentary Affairs, Achal Sethi, Secretary Legislative Assembly, R L Sharma, Registrar General J&K High Court, Sanjay Dhar and senior officers of the respective departments were present in the meeting.

The Srinagar based officers including, Director SKIMS, Dr Omar Javaid Shah and Principal JVC Bemina, Dr Riaz Untoo participated through Video Conferencing.

Team of senior officers from Finance Department comprising, Director Budget, Imtiyaz Ahmed Wani, Directors Expenditures, Shabir Ahmed Khan, Parvez Ahmed Kakroo, Joint Director Budget, Raman Kumar Gupta and others attended the meetings.

While considering the next year’s budgetary requirements of the Health & Medical Education and SKIMS Soura, the Principal Secretary Finance said that this vital sector is topmost priority of the Government and every possible step will be taken for further strengthen the infrastructural and other facilities for the smooth functioning of wide network of health institutions across the State for the overall benefits of patients. He urged the Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education and all HoDs to identify their priorities like procurement of equipment and machinery, critical ambulances, commissioning of newly sanctioned medical colleges and para-medical colleges and schools. He also called for paying focused attention to strengthen the medical facilities and deployment of critical care ambulances in the hilly and far-flung areas and along Jammu-Srinagar National Highway to ensure immediate medical attention to accidental cases and people of these areas.

Appreciating the concerns of the Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education regarding the paucity of doctors and para-medical staff, especially to run the new colleges, Navin assured to support all tangible proposals of the Department and providing necessary funding. He also agreed to earmark token funding for the makeshift arrangements to start the functioning of the new colleges from the next year.

Describing the SKIMS as premier institution of the Jammu and Kashmir, Navin said this institution is catering the huge flow of patients from all corners of the State and doing excellent work. He assured to fill the gaps with regard to creating more infrastructural and other facilities to meet the increased work load of the institution. He called upon the management to prioritize areas and further action plan to upgrade facilities and accordingly the Government will provide adequate funding for this important institution.

The budget proposals and functioning of the Departments of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, including Elections were also discussed in detail and the Principal Secretary Finance assured the concerned to accommodate their all genuine requirements.



Advisor Ganai for multifarious strategy to tackle substance abuse among youth



Srinagar, Dec 09: Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai on Sunday held an extensive public grievance camp here at Church Lane under the aegis of Governor’s Grievance Cell for redress of public grievances.

During the camp, the Advisor met around 45 public delegations and scores of individuals from across the Kashmir division, who apprised him with various issues and problems faced by them.

Several delegations who called on Advisor Ganai urged him to direct the law enforcing agencies to act swiftly in controlling “substance abuse” alongside the highway and other areas across south Kashmir. In this regard, Ganai directed police and civil administration to work in close coordination and act to end substance abuse in the Valley.

“We as a society must come forward and do something to end this menace,” he told the deputation. “We must keep a vigil on our children, who are going this way. Besides government machinery, we all have to play our role,” he said.

Ganai asked Police authorities to devise a proper mechanism so that the menace of drug-trafficking could be stamped out from the society.

A delegation of students and scholars of Linguistics from various universities demanded that the subject should be introduced at the 10+2 and at the undergraduate level.

A delegation of Department of Floriculture demanded immediate regularization, while as the deputation from Payeen, Bandipora demanded up gradation of middle school in their area.

A delegation of south Kashmir’s Tral town raised many issues with the Advisor to which he assured prompt redress. A delegation of senior assistants from the Department of Floriculture development raised the issue of their promotions with the Advisor.

The Advisor assured them that their issue would surely be examined. A delegation from Waltengoo, Kulgam also discussed their issues with the Advisor. Scores of other delegations from Garind Bugam, Intezamia Committee, Munawarabad, Srinagar, Intezamia Committee, Chatabal Srinagar apprised the Advisor with their issues.

A delegation of retired Agriculture officers, delegation from Langate, Kupwara among others raised their issues and appealed the Advisor to address their grievances’ on priority.

Besides, other senior officers from Agriculture, Floriculture, Transport, SMC, Tourism and other allied departments were present in the public darbar.
Ganai directed the concerned officials to reach out to the people and address their issues at an earliest. He said that people in Kashmir region need patient hearing and prompt grievance redressal mechanism. Several other delegations and individuals met Advisor

During the camp, Ganai said that functioning and service delivery of government departments have been revamped so that the grievances of people are redressed at an earliest and flagship schemes and welfare programmes are fast-paced.

Meanwhile, deputy mayor, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Shiekh Imran called on Advisor to discuss issues pertaining to Srinagar.

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‘Proposal to introduce Hindi, Urdu Journalism in IMMC Jammu under consideration’



Jammu, Dec 09: Lok Sabha Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan, conferred awards to the top performing students of 2017 batch of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) at the 51st convocation ceremony of the institute in New Delhi.

Anurag Sharma of Jammu campus, who secured first position in English Journalism course among all campuses at all India level, was among the 333 students conferred Post Graduate Diplomas by the Chairman, IIMC and Secretary I & B Amit Khare.

For the fourth time, Jammu Centre of Indian Institute of Mass Communication bagged first position in English Journalism course among all Centers of IIMC at All India level with Anurag Sharma getting this honour making Jammu campus proud.

Sumitra Mahajan, while addressing the Convocation, emphasized value based journalism and said “media draws enormous power, but it also has the responsibility of shaping a good society.” She appreciated the encouragement being given to journalism courses in Indian Languages, observing that communication becomes most effective when it is undertaken in one’s own language.

She also stressed the need of promoting use of regional languages in mass communication saying that  a push is required in this direction.
KG Suresh, Director General, IIMC in his report said that in the nine month diploma program IIMC groom the students to become “industry-ready” adding that IIIMC organize workshops for the students and allocate a lot of assignments to hone their writing capabilities. We also impart technical training to our students so that they are able to produce lab journals, documentaries as well as radio and television programmes on their own, he added.

IIMC Jammu campus runs English Journalism which include the subjects of Advertisement and Public Relations, Radio and TV/ development Journalism. In order to promote regional languages a proposal is under consideration to start courses of Hindi and Urdu Journalism from next session like that of Malayalam Journalism, and Odia Journalism started in southern and western campuses.

Recently, the Ministry of HRD has granted the Letter of Intent (LoI) to IIMC to become deemed University under De Novo category.

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Be role models, create safe spaces for students: Advisor Ganai to teachers



SRINAGAR, DEC 09: Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai on Sunday asked academics and teaching fraternity to be role models—urging them to create safe spaces for students.
Addressing participants and delegates at two-day Workshop on ‘Training the Trainers’, Ganai said that Jammu and Kashmir is going through difficult times and it is the responsibility of the civil society to help preserve the institutions and guide administration in providing quality education to the children.
Ganai asked teachers to upscale their skills and art of teaching while engaging with the students across the State.
The two-day workshop was organized by Directorate of School Education in collaboration with US based Save the Children.
Director, Department of School Education, Kashmir, Dr Ghulam Nabi Itoo on the occasion said that the ‘Peace Module’ was developed in collaboration Save the Children for students and teachers of the department. He informed that the National Curriculum Framework-2005 has laid emphasis on developing attitude, value and skills among the teachers for organizing activities to nurture of safe environment for the students.
Pertinently, the two-day training was conducted by Associate Professor, Jamia Milia Islamia, Dr Kaushikee. On the occasion, she said that the module would be helpful for the teachers and the student community. She said that such educational modules could also address generational gap, social and family conflicts, economic challenges. She said that Jammu and Kashmir government could make the module as an inevitable part of the teacher’s education.
Addressing the participants, General Manager, State Program Office, Save the Children, Muhammad Sharif Bhat, in his speech said that the module would be supportive to teachers—urging them to make best use of it. He said that the teachers have direct impact on the psychological behaviour of the children and it was highly needed to train the teachers for such programmes. He urged government and policy makers to take it ahead and revise the existing school practices and teachers programme in order to address vital issues in the schools.

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